“…a sonic monolith of a record.” – Decibel Magazine
Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive video premiere for “G.O.D. Initiative,” the lead single from ALTARS OF THE MOON, the post-black metal/shoegaze collective uniting members of Chrome Waves, Uada, Lotus Thrones, The Black Dahila Murder, and more. The song precedes the November release of their second album, The Colossus And The Widow, through Disorder Recordings.
Amid the lockdowns in 2021, Nathan Verschoor (Uada) came together with Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves, Deeper Graves, ex-Nachmystium) and Heath Rave (Lotus Thrones, ex-Wolvhammer) to collaborate on a project that would eventually use the nomenclature of ALTARS OF THE MOON. This union coalesced in Brahmastra, a two-track, twenty-eight-minute exploration into a more psychedelic and darker corner of doom metal than the trio’s main projects were known for. Released through Disorder Recordings, Brahmastra took the tone of Tiamat’s Wildhoney through a cloudy afternoon of hemlock tea and the mushrooms we’re told to stay away from as children. It was a truly miserable affair.
Now, two years later, the collective reconvenes, this time joined by Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahila Murder) on drums to create the second chapter of ALTARS OF THE MOON, with the newly completed The Colossus And The Widow. An unclassifiable morass of doom and gloom, this thirty-five-minute excursion shows the group continuing to evolve their sonic monolith as time edges on.
With nine new songs, the record was engineered by Nate Verschoor at Hrimhjarta Studio and Jeff Wilson at Disorder Recordings, with Verschoor handling the design and layout, and Wilson handling the final mix and mastering. Additionally, the record features visitations of saxophone from Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and trumpet from Mac Gollehon (Duran Duran, David Bowie) to dive deeper into misery with The Colossus And The Widow.
The video for “G.O.D. Initiative” was created by Heath Rave who writes of the song, “An enslaved demigod rattles across galaxies with a system devouring singularity, chained to its ethereal celestial body. If you wish not to exist on Earth when it’s razed into dust, here’s the soundtrack for abusing yourself to Event Horizon on repeat for a ninety-six-hour stimulant binge until your weak human shell no call/no shows being alive. Take this job and shove it.”
Decibel calls the new album, “…a sonic monolith of a record. Building upon the U.K. death/doom of the early ’90s influence from the previous recording ALTARS OF THE MOON lean heavily into the more, for lack of a better word, post aspect of doom and even black metal, with heavy experimentation and morose psychedelia. Think mid-’90s Paradise Lost mixed with the Birthday Party and you might start to get the idea.”
Watch ALTARS OF THE MOON’s “G.O.D. Initiative” video first through Decibel Magazine now at THIS LOCATION.
The Colossus And The Widow will be released digitally and on LP via Disorder Recordings on November 17th. Find preorders HERE and watch for additional previews of the record to post over the weeks ahead.